Marina Arapova, Researcher in Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, Novosibirsk, Russia. Education: Master student (2007–2012) and diploma degree (MSc) (2012) in Chemistry at Novosibirsk State University, Russia. Cotutelle PhD student (2014–2017) between ICPEES, Université de Strasbourg, France, and BIC SB RAS, Novosibirsk, Russia. PhD in Chemistry – Heterogeneous catalysis (2017). Member of the international doctoral program “Linus Pauling” of European Doctoral College, (IdEx-CDE, Strasbourg), 2015. Research interests: Biomass as renewable energy source and hydrogen production as a strategic vector in global energy mix change, novel approaches to the synthesis of metal-oxide bifunctional catalysts, SOFC, perovskites.
Dr Ludmilla N. Bobrova is a Senior Researcher at Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, Novosibirsk. After graduating from Novosibirsk Electrotechnical Institute, Department of Physics and Engineering in 1976, she started her work at Novosibirsk Condenser Factory. She has seven years industrial experience as a principal production engineer and five years as a Senior Inspector at Western Siberia Environmental Protection Agency. She completed her PhD under Prof Yu. Sh. Matros at Boreskov Institute of Catalysis in 1989. The subject of her PhD thesis was the development of unsteady-state process for selective catalytic reduction of nitrogen oxides by ammonia. Dr Ludmilla Bobrova has been with Boreskov Institute of Catalysis since 1988 up to now, except 1999–2000, when she worked as a postdoc at Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. As a project leader and principal investigator, she has been involved in many National and International Research Projects. Her research interests are in the field of process catalysis and engineering. She had been awarded premiums and honorable diploma of the National Government Ministry, 1983–1988, and received a gold medal as a laureate of the All-Russian Exhibition Center for the development reverse-flow catalytic technology, 1997.
After completing his undergraduate degrees (Chemical Engineering and Chemistry) at the University of Newcastle, Dr Matthew Drewery began working in the catalysis group in Chemical Engineering at the University of Newcastle on an industrially sponsored project focussing on the catalytic conversion of glycerol. Following the completion of this project, he began a PhD in the same group examining the use of solid oxide fuel cells for the processing of glycerol which was completed in 2018. His research has focussed on catalytic processes, with particular interest on utilisation of waste streams. He is currently a postdoctoral research associate examining the use of zeolites for conversion of ventilation air methane to minimise greenhouse emissions.
Nikita F. Eremeev PhD in Chemistry (2014). Researcher in Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS. Education: Novosibirsk State University (2011). Research interests: novel hydrogen production methods; fuel cells; nanosystems; oxygen mobility and surface reactivity; nanotechnology in the metal oxide synthesis and solid oxide fuel cells production; catalytic conversion of fuels into syngas and hydrogen, design of asymmetric supported membranes for oxygen and hydrogen separation. Publications: 30.
Nicolás A. Grosso-Giordano is a PhD candidate in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. During his graduate career with Prof Alexander Katz and Dr Stacey Zones, he has worked in the development and understanding of grafted cations on delaminated zeotypes supports for Lewis acid catalysis. This research has demonstrated how structural order and uniformity of crystalline zeotype supports can engender grafted cations with greater catalytic stability and activity, compared to amorphous supports currently used in many applications. Nicolás was born in San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina. He attended Northwestern University as a Davis United World College Scholar, where he obtained his B.S in Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude. He started his research interests in heterogeneous catalysts in the group of Prof Justin Notestein at Northwestern, before coming to Berkeley for his graduate studies.
Dr Songbo He received his PhD from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, China. He started his academic career as Assistant Professor in Dalian National Laboratory for Clean Energy in 2009. He became Associate Professor in 2011 and vice leader of the Wastewater Treatment Group (DNL0902) at DICP in 2013. From 2014, he has been working as postdoctoral research fellow in The Netherlands at University of Twente (2014.04–2016.09) and University of Groningen (2016.10 onwards). His research lies in the heterogeneous catalysis for fossil and bio-based energy and chemical processes and the corresponding solid and liquid waste treatment both at academic environment and for industrial application.
Keith L. Hohn obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in 1995. He is currently the Honstead Professor of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University. His research interests are in heterogeneous catalysis, with emphasis on energy applications. In particular, he has researched the conversion of hydrocarbons and alcohols to hydrogen and catalytic processes for converting biomass to fuels and chemicals. He is a member of the American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE), American Chemical Society (ACS), and American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE). He has been active in ACS and AICHE as a session organizer and session chair at a variety of meetings.
Alexander Katz is Professor in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studies the molecular design, synthesis, and characterization of active sites for catalysis and adsorption, as controlled by the structure of molecular organic–inorganic interfaces. Among his group's accomplishments are the first example of molecular control of solid acid–base bifunctional catalysts, the composition of matter consisting of grafted calixarenes on oxides, a physical model of “S” sites that have been hypothesized to occur based on kinetic models for over 75 years, and the synthetic approaches for zeolite delamination without amorphization. He has founded Berkeley Materials Solutions to commercialize supported molecular sites and delaminated-zeolite catalysts. He graduated University of Minnesota as a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Cum Laude in 1992 and a research M.S. in Chemical Engineering with Prof Michael D. Ward as advisor. Subsequently, he was awarded a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship for doctoral studies in catalyst synthesis and characterization with Prof Mark Davis at California Institute of Technology in 1994, and later, in 1998, undertook postdoctoral studies in supramolecular chemistry at Institut Le Bel in Strasbourg, France, with Prof Mir Wais Hosseini, as a NSF International Awards Postdoctoral Fellow, before beginning his independent career at UC Berkeley in 2000.
Eric Kennedy obtained his BSc (Pure and Applied Chemistry) with 1st Class Honours from the University of NSW in 1985, and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the same institution in 1989. Following a year as a Research Fellow at Macquarie University, he then moved to the USA, where he was Research Fellow at Texas A&M and then Yale University. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Newcastle in 1994 and was promoted to Professor in 2006. Since arriving in Newcastle, he has built an active group, undertaking research in the topic areas of environment protection and energy-related projects. His current interests include the large-scale storage of CO2 using a process known as mineral carbonation, non-destructive process to treat fluorine-containing synthetic greenhouse and ozone-depleting gases, exploring technologies to convert waste glycerol into useful products, developing catalysts for conversion of ventilation air methane as well as exploring the use of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) for conversion of waste or low-grade fuels for power generation.
Anand Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Qatar University. He obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering (2011) from the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA, and his B.Tech. (2006) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He spent one year as a postdoctoral associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before joining his current position at Qatar University. Since 2014, he has been leading the “Reaction & Catalysis” research cluster in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Qatar University that primarily focuses on reactor and catalysts design for hydrocarbon processing reactions. His research interests include combustion and microfluidic synthesis of nanomaterials, catalysts development for fuel cell reactions, hydrogen production, hydrocarbon reforming, and electro-catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels and chemicals. He has published approx. sixty journal articles in these areas.
Dr Molly Meng-Jung Li completed her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in May 2018 from the University of Oxford, UK, for which she received a DPhil Swire Scholarship from University College. Her main research interests are on nanomaterial-based catalysts for renewable energy applications, which include the development of catalytic and photocatalytic technologies for fine chemicals, liquid-fuels, green chemistry, etc. She has particular expertise in using synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy to solve local configurations of nanostructured materials. Currently, she is a postdoctoral research associate in the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Dongxia Liu obtained her BS in Chemistry from Shandong University in China in 2000. She received her MS degree from Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003. In 2009, she received her PhD in chemical engineering from University of Rochester with Prof Matthew Z. Yates. Her PhD work focused on Development of Novel Electrolyte Membranes for Intermediate Temperature Fuel Cells. After graduation, she did 2 years of post-doctorate in University of Minnesota with Prof Michael Tsapatsis and Prof Aditya Bhan, focusing on the synthesis and characterization of novel meso-/microporous zeolite catalysts. She is currently an associate professor in Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland. Her research interest lies in the nanoporous catalyst materials and gas-permeable membranes for energy conversion and water purification applications.
Zongyuan Liu is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Catalysis: Reactivity and Structure (CRS) Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA). He received his PhD in Chemistry from State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA) in 2016. His research focuses on heterogeneous catalytic reactions of oxygenates reforming, methane activation and its conversion to methanol by use of synchrotron and surface chemistry characterization under in situ/operando conditions.
Yuji Mahara received his PhD in engineering from Nagoya University in 2018. His current research interests are the design of novel bimetal catalysts for automotive emission control and in situ XAFS technique.
Natalia Mezentseva received her MS degree in Kinetics and catalysis from Novosibirsk State University, Russia in 2004. Now she works as Researcher at Boreskov Institute of Catalysis. Her current research interests are focused on synthesis and characterization of Materials for energy applications, Fuels conversion, Hydrogen production and Solid oxide fuel cells. Natalia has more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Alexander S. Mukasyan obtained his PhD degree at the Institute of Chemical Physics Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) in 1986, and his Doctorate degree at the Institute of Structural Macrokinetics and Material Sciences (RAS) in 1994. In 1996 he moved to the University of Notre Dame, where since 2000 he has been Research Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Since 2008 he has been Director of the Laboratory of Advanced Electron Microscopy of Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility. His main research interests are related to the fundamentals of heterogeneous combustion, nanotechnology, catalysis, high energy density materials, and joining of refractory materials. He has published more than 300 archival journal research papers and patent letters in these areas, coauthored three books (among them Combustion for Material Synthesis, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis, 2015), and coedited two books.
Kazumasa Murata is a PhD student in Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University from 2016. His current research interest is the design of supported Pd catalysts through metal–supports interaction.
Isao Ogino is currently an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Hokkaido University, Japan. He obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees from Kyoto University. He began his career in industry at Kao Corporation where he held several roles in the research and development of catalytic processes to manufacture surfactants (1997–2005). During his time in industry, he was a visiting researcher in the Mark E. Davis group at the California Institute of Technology (2001–2003). He received his PhD from the University of California, Davis, in 2010 with Professor Bruce C. Gates. He was a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Alexander Katz and Dr Stacey I. Zones at the University of California, Berkeley (2010–2011). His primary research interest is the rational design and atomically-precise synthesis of solid catalysts through fundamental understanding of structure–performance relationships.
Su Cheun Oh is a PhD student in Prof Dongxia Liu's group at the University of Maryland. She earned her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland in 2013. Her research interests include material synthesis and catalytic science to enhance natural gas conversion efficiency.
Junya Ohyama received his PhD in engineering from Kyoto University in Japan in 2011. He was an assistant professor at Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan from 2011 to 2018, and has been an associate professor at Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, Kumamoto University. His research interests concern structural effects of supported metal nanoparticle catalysts.
Svetlana Pavlova is a senior scientist at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis (BIC) of Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences of Russia in Novosibirsk. She graduated from the Natural Sciences Department of Novosibirsk State University in 1971 and from this time and up to now worked at the BIC. She received her PhD in chemistry from BIC in 1992. She is currently working on synthesis and studies of nanocomposite catalysts (including mesoporous systems) for methane and biofuels conversion into hydrogen and syngas.
Jose A. Rodriguez did part of his education at Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela, where he received BS degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and a MS in Theoretical Chemistry. He moved to the United States to get a PhD in Physical Chemistry at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is currently a Senior Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry of SUNY Stony Brook. Surface science, catalysis and materials science are the main areas of interest of Dr Rodriguez. He has published over 425 articles and has an H-index of 81. His group is very active in the activation of methane on novel catalysts based on mixed-metal oxides, carbides and sulfides.
Vladislav Sadykov is the head of laboratory at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis of Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences of Russia (Novosibirsk) and Professor of Novosibirsk State University, where he directs laboratory of New Technologies of Synthesis of Functional Nanomaterials. He has joined Boreskov Institute of Catalysis after graduating Novosibirsk State University in 1973, defended PhD thesis in 1979 and Russian Doctor of Science thesis in 1999. His current research interest includes heterogeneous catalysis of red-ox processes for the energy production (including solid oxide fuel cells), catalytic processes of hydrogen and syngas generation at short contact times on structured catalysts, membrane reactors, advanced technologies of nanophase and nanocomposite materials synthesis, kinetics and mechanism of red-ox reactions. He has published more than 420 papers in peer-reviewed journals, three monographs and 8 Chapters in books and holds 30 patents. He is co-editor of Catalysis for Sustainable Energy (de Gruyter Open) journal, a member of the Editorial Boards of Applied Catalysis A; Physics of Combustion and Flame. He is the member of the Materials Research Society (USA), Russian Mendeleev Chemical Society and American Chemical Society.
Mann Sakbodin is currently a PhD student working in Professor Dongxia Liu's group at the University of Maryland. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Chemical engineering in 2003, and master's degree in Chemical Engineering in 2006, both from Tufts University. From 2007–2008, he worked as a Product Development Engineer at Catalytic Solutions, Inc, in California, and as a Researcher at SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd. in Thailand from 2009 to 2013. His main research interests are in catalysis and energy conversion, which mainly focuses on natural gas upgrading and membrane technology.
Dr Gizelle Sanchez is a continuous improvement practitioner with a Chemical Engineering background and 8+ years of experience implementing best practice processes and driving sustainable operational improvement across manufacturing and research environments. Her passion for sustainability, environmentally friendly processes, renewables and catalysis led her to complete a PhD in this field, graduating in 2017 from the University of Newcastle in Australia. One of her key research achievements has been the development of a novel and sustainable process for allyl alcohol production from waste glycerol, where she doubled the yield of allyl alcohol and reduced by-products by 75% using heterogenous catalysts. Her results and technical support resulted in the scale up of the reaction to industrial applications. Dr Sanchez has a proven track record of publications in high impact factor scientific journals and in her current capacity, empowers, coaches, leads and engages teams to improve in their journey to world class operations.
Atsushi Satsuma received his PhD in engineering in 1989 from Nagoya University in Japan. He was a research associate (1989–1995), an assistant professor (1995–1998), an associate professor (1998–2004), and has been a professor at Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan since 2004. From August 1997 to May 1998, he joined the research group of Prof Noel Cant and Prof David Trim in Sydney, Australia. His current research interests are in design of non-precious metal three-way catalysts, PM combustion, and chemistry of metal nano-particles.
Sanjaya Senanayake is a Staff Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), as a Chemist in the Chemistry Department. He is a PI in the Catalysis: Reactivity and Structure (CRS) Group and leads experimental investigations in surface science and heterogeneous catalysis for C-1 (CO2, CO, CH4) activation and in the synthesis of fuels. His main research interests are in the fundamental understanding of chemical transformations over surfaces of catalysts, enabled by the use of advanced experimental methods (imaging, spectroscopy and scattering) based on X-rays and electrons to elucidate active catalytic chemistry. Sanjaya has published over 160 peer reviewed publications (cited over 5000 times and has an h-index of 41), delivered numerous technical presentations and is the recipient of the United States Department of Energy Early Career Award in 2017.
Mikhail Simonov received his MS degree in Chemistry from Novosibirsk State University in 2006 and PhD in Catalysis from Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk, Russia in 2009. His thesis concentrated on kinetics and mechanism of lactic acid hydrogenation to propylene glycol under mild reaction conditions. His current research interests are focused on mechanistic studies of biofuels transformations into syngas by means of microcalorimetry and isotopic exchange as well as catalysts preparation methods using supercritical fluids.
Ekaterina Smal is PhD student and junior research scientist in Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS. She received her MS degree in chemistry from Novosibirsk State University in 2015. Her thesis was focused on ethanol conversion to synthesis gas over catalysts with spinel structure. Her research interests include heterogeneous catalysis, hydrogen production via biofuel conversion and catalysts preparation for this transformation.
Michael Stockenhuber did his PhD at the Institute of Physical Chemistry TU Vienna which he was awarded with distinction in 1994 (Dr Techn) He joined Nottingham Trent University in 1995 as postdoctoral researcher and was later appointed as fulltime academic. In 2008 he was appointed to University of Newcastle and is now full Professor of Chemical Engineering. Prof Stockenhuber has been hon. secretary of the British Zeolite Association and is now president of the Australian Catalysis Society. He has established and is head of the catalysis and process research laboratory at the University of Newcastle. His main research interest is heterogeneous catalysis and nanoporous materials with a special emphasis on structure–function relationships. He is an expert in the use of in situ spectroscopic techniques with a special interest in synchrotron radiation, XPS and IR. Current topics of interest include catalytic combustion of ventilation air methane, conversion of glycerol to useful products, acid site characterisation using IR and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, dehydrogenation of hydrocarbons, zeolites as base catalysts, selective hydrocarbon oxidation and reduction and fine chemical synthesis using “green” solid catalysts.
Kakuya Ueda is a PhD student in Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University from 2014. His current research interests are the design of non-precious metal three-way catalysts and the reaction mechanism of NH3-SCR over Cu-zeolites.
Eduardo Wolf obtained his BS in Civil and Chemical Engineering at the University of Chile, Santiago, Chile; MSc at the University of California, Davis and PhD at the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame in 1975, became full Professor in 1984, and the A. Earley Chair Prof of Energy and Environment in 2014. His research is characterized by studies of catalytic systems both from experimental and reaction engineering point of view, focusing on the use of in situ techniques for understanding the structure–activity correlations of supported and model catalysts. In catalytic reaction engineering he has focused on using Monte Carlo computational techniques to simulate catalytic reactions at the nano-structural level. He has published over 200 papers, edited one book, and has been granted 4 patents. He has directed 31 PhD theses, 15 MSc students and has collaborated with more than 12 visiting researchers/faculty. He received the ND-Kaneb award for innovative teaching and the Ibedrola award for distinguished visiting scientists from Spain. Eduardo Wolf was the founder and first director of the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division of the AICHE.
Fan Zeng obtained his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering under the guidance of Prof Hohn in 2016 from Kansas State University, USA. His PhD dissertation dealt with catalytic processes for conversion of natural gas engine exhaust and 2,3-butanediol conversion to 1,3-butadiene. His main research interest and expertise are microkinetic analysis of catalytic reactions, heterogeneous catalysis for upgrading bio-sustainable materials and thermal energy storage.
Feng Zhang is a fourth year PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering department at Stony Brook University and is currently working as a Research Assistant in the Catalysis: Reactivity and Structure (CRS) Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA). Her research focuses on the in situ characterization of the metal/oxide catalysts for the activation and conversion of methane to value added chemicals via synchrotron-based techniques.
Stacey I. Zones is currently a Research Fellow with Chevron's Energy and Technology Company, working in the catalyst department. He has also been an Adjunct Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr Zones earned a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of California at San Diego in 1978. He joined Chevron in 1980 and began a program in searching for new zeolite structures with a strong emphasis on designing organic cations to aid in the synthesis. He continues to head that effort for Chevron, as well as contribute as a team member in efforts to develop the zeolite products into commercial use, working on manufacturing and catalyst development efforts. He is also involved in new business opportunities. Dr Zones is a co-author and co-inventor on more than 160 zeolite science papers and 160 technology patent applications. His research was recognized by the International Zeolite Association with the 2001 Breck Award for outstanding research contributions, and Houdry Award from the North American Catalysis Society in 2007 for contributions in applied catalysis. In 2014, he was elected to the United States National Academy of Engineering. Most recently he was honored with the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division (CRE) Practice Award from AIChE in 2016.